A Commonwealth Court judge stated Thursday that he will likely schedule a trial on the state’s controversial new voter photo identification law for next summer.
Judge Robert Simpson indicated that would allow time before the November, 2013 elections for any necessary ruling on an appeal.
The state Attorney General’s office is pressing for a ruling well before the May primary elections. Simpson says he will issue a scheduling order within two weeks.
The voter photo I-D law took effect in March, but amidst a series of court battles, Simpson suspended the requirement that voters show photo identification at the polling places in last month’s elections.
Meanwhile, PennDOT records show the department issued more than 16,000 photo I-D’s for registered voters who were without the types of identifications required by the new law in advance of the November sixth elections.